I made my first DIY hunt about 27 years ago, i learned after my first trip to never camp real high, i always try to camp between 6000' and 7000', and if i need to go higher, i will just get up a little earlier, and drive up.
Doing as you say would be nice if you were capable of doing it. But in the original post he mentioned that he is doing a drop camp which usually means that the outfitter is taking him into a area and then leaving him, not to come back in until later. So I doubt that the original poster will have the luxury to be able to camp lower and drive up higher if necessary, he'll be stuck where the outfitter puts him until he comes back to pack him out. That is where I would check with the outfitter just to see what his plans are if the weather turns bad, either that or pack more whiskey for while I am waiting for the outfitter.
I just wanted to say congrats on 30 years as a lineman! Thats quite an accomplishment in such a dangerous and physically demanding job. I have been a lineman for 13 years but don't know if I will make it 30. If you ever need any help getting an elk hunt in the future I would be more than happy to help you out as I am also an outfitter. I know lineman aren't rich so I will help you at no charge.
Thanks T. O. Where do you work ? The time has flown by and if I survive this trip I will keep that in mind. Thank you to everyone for the advice, all is appreciated. We are doing the fourth rifle because thats the only time I can get everyone together. As far as the weather we will have to deal with it. And the tent does have a heater in it. Thanks guys.
First of all, if you haven't gone winter backpacking, it needs to happen in the near future. It puts a very unique twist on the summer version of the activity. Yes, it's cold but it's nothing that being prepared can't remedy. Beyond it's therapeutic and recreational value, I think it is a very good tool for the big game hunter as well. I don't think that you can spend too much time getting to know the ins and outs of the area that you hunt. And there is no better way to gain experience in...